Certificate of Foundations in Engineering Management | NC State University

Certificate in Engineering Management Foundations

Last Updated: 02/09/2024 and all information is still up-to-date

The Engineering Management Foundations Certificate is a graduate program that will help advance your career as you look to take on more responsibility or move into a management role. The program provides you with the principles and foundational concepts for the planning and management of industrial and technical pursuits. The certificate is available on-campus and online through our Engineering Online Program.

This certificate provides an option that would meet the demand for the key concepts and provide a graduate certificate for those unsure about committing to an entire master’s degree program. By design, successful certificate completion would also cover 40 percent of the MEM degree. Further, the certificate curriculum intentionally requires little to no prerequisites, making you highly marketable.

If you decide to transfer courses into a master’s degree program, like MEM, you should consult the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program (DGCP) regarding specific requirements. Also, note that NC State requires a B or higher grade to transfer into a master’s degree program per the Graduate Student Handbook (Section 3.1.D). 


The certificate requires that you take 12 credit hours of engineering management graduate courses. The curriculum addresses the following topic areas for engineering management:

  • Quantitative literacy / Student choice (3 credits)
  • Leadership and communication (3 credits)
  • Project management and coordination (3 credits)
  • Financial Competency (3 credits)
ThemeCURRICULUM: Engineering Management Graduate CertificateCredits
Take one course:3
ISE/OR 501 Intro to Operations Research 1
ISE 535 Python Programming for Industrial & Systems Engineers 1
ISE 537 Data Science for Industrial & Systems Engineers
MBA 545 Decision Making under Uncertainty 1
EM 589 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 1
Literacy /
Student Choice
ST 513 Statistics for Management I 2
ST 515 Experimental Statistics for Engineers I
ST 517 Applied Statistical Methods I 2
TE 533 Lean Six Sigma Quality
EGR 517 Facilities Engineering Systems 1
EGR 518 Environmental Compliance for Facilities Engineers 1
Or 500-level course from MEM curriculum with approval by DGCP
Take one course:3
EGR 501 Engineering Leadership and Strategic Change 1
Leadership and
COM 527 Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management 2
COM 530 Interpersonal Communication in Science/Technology Organizations 2
COM 556 Seminar in Organizational Communication
Take one course:3
EM 530 Project Management 1
Management and
EM 590 Engineering Project Management 2
BUS 554 Project Management 2
CE 561 Construction Project Management 2
Take one course:3
ISE 510 Applied Engineering Economy 1
EGR 505 Managerial Finance for Engineers 2
(includes Accounting)
CE 567 Risk and Financial Management in Construction 2

Note: ST 516 and 518 may be substituted for ST 515 and 517, respectively, providing you meet the requirements.

1 Course taught both on-campus and online.

2 Course offered online only.

Admission Requirements

Application to the program requires:

  • An online application form
  • Transcripts of all academic work after high school
  • A written personal statement

Admission will be on a competitive basis, and the GRE is not required. Your academic success might have a strong bearing on admission, but completing a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program. You should have a STEM or other relevant bachelor’s degree.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graduate certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Show an understanding of critical concepts for engineering leadership, organizational communication and communication techniques for working with various stakeholders 
  • Understand and apply basic financial concepts to analyze alternatives for projects of multiple lengths and cash flows 
  • Apply conceptional, analytical and practical tools to plan and manage a project with various stakeholders 
  • Identify quantitative tools and analytical methods available for solving multiple problems
  • Effectively communicate quantitative information to technical and non-technical audiences